Thursday, October 27, 2005

Oakland County Chimes in- Is there a Kernel of Truth Within?

To let our readers appreciate various sides of the perceptions of the heart of our region, DetroitBazaar will link an interesting editorial coming out of the Oakland Press. Regardless of how you may feel of the politics of Oakland County, there are voices there and loud calls for a better Detroit region. Oakland County could not survive on it's own, it's no Orange County. Oakland county and its residents are linked directly to what happens within city lines. There is no running up to Brighton either, you'll need to get out of the state to actually distance yourself from Detroit. There is a bounty of truth in these opening statements, read the rest and think about the options:

Oakland Press Motor City Editorial

"Region needs Detroit tax cut...Detroit is a perfect example of a city that has taxed itself half to death. Through the decades, as property values declined, property taxes increased. That led to further declines and more increases.

It has long since reached the point at which reinvestment in Motor City real estate made economic sense only if investors received large financial subsidies. There never have been enough, nor will there ever be enough, of those to rebuild Detroit..."

Like it or not, our region and city are eternally entwined. Even Michigan itself will be of marginal influence without a strong center of prosperity and port. Without a vibrant Detroit and Metropolitan Area, when are fantasies of rebirth going to end? Join us in the streets, shout your own messages from rooftops, and certainly challenge and fight the people that claim to represent you every second of every day and don't stop. Our city Shall Rise from the Ashes but only when we wake up and ACT!

Here's another article nationally syndicated written by a Chicago Tribune worker.

"Howard's escape into casino fantasies is how many of Detroit's poor have witnessed the city's struggle to survive. They can revel in the excitement of Detroit's two new stadiums, three casinos, new office buildings and sprinkles of residents living in the long abandoned downtown. But it's from afar.

They are stuck in the nation's poorest and most shrunken big city, located in one of the country's most racially segregated major metropolitan areas. While business and city leaders boast of new tax revenues and ambitious projects, the poor talk about dead buildings, dead factories, dead-end jobs, and deathly fears for their safety.

Detroit is a city that can't seem to fix itself, damaged beyond repair by two powerful counter punches - poverty and race. But Detroit's well-know despair is more than a terribly troubling situation. In the factory-driven Midwest, Detroit is the warning sign. It has been four decades since the last good era in Detroit, back before the race riots of the late 1960s and the hollowing out of the city following the Rust Belt recession of the 1970's and 1980's.

If they cannot reinvent themselves, or even just stay afloat, what is to become of Midwest cities like Detroit in the future, when the full force of globalization rears up?..."

Think and Challenge!

Peace to you and Peace to Detroit,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, that's crazy. If the casinos and those broke hospitals are going to run detroit, I ain't going to be there. What kind of economy do we want to have here man?


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